I'd throw out the regular season stats in the playoffs. Montreal went 8-0 against boston in 2007-2008, but needed 7 games to eliminate them in the 1st round.
All these teams present different challenges for Montreal. Winnipeg is probably the most favourable matchup, but that is a highly unlikely one. The Islanders have a deadly PP, something the habs struggle to contain. The leafs present beefy wingers with a nice blend of speed and skill. The rangers are similar to the leafs with a little less speed but much more proven goaltending. Ottawa has goaltending that can get super hot, and still have enough impact players in the lineup to cause concern.
I'd prefer them like this
I fail to see how Toronto has any of the skill or depth required of a playoff team. They don't really scare me... the only we'll lose is if we beat ourselves with reckless defensive play.
Well, they have grabovski who plays up to another level against the habs, kadri has kinda broken out, and kessel can be dangerous too. There's some speed in spades. While they don't possess the same depth in that regard, they do have other dimesnions to their game that can come into play.
There's another wildcard in all of this. Rivalry series usually brings out a bit more unpredictability in terms of the outcome. We've seen that with montreal/boston alot going back many years. The most recent example being philly/pit last year. They are gong show matchups.
I don't give a ****. Got to beat the best to be the best (nice cliche). Bring on whoever. this team is playing with house money. want home ice though, would be very difficult for opposing teams to play at the BC